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Dr. Allan McNicol

Dr. Allan McNicol holds graduate degrees from Abilene Christian, Yale, and Vanderbilt. He has taught at Austin Graduate School of Theology for 40 years and is now an Emeritus Professor. He is author of a number of books on the New Testament and Biblical Theology. He was honored by election to SNTS: The international community of New Testament Scholars. Allan’s special areas of research are on the Synoptic Problem, Synoptic Gospels, eschatology and the Book of Revelation. Allan has a deep commitment to the restoration of the faith of the ancient church as a model for the life of the church today. His research is ultimately directed toward the implementation of this project world-wide.

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The Power of the Biblical Story

Posted by Dr. Allan McNicol on January 23, 2018 at 10:42 AM

Dr. Allan J. McNicol has recently published his latest book, The Persistence of God's Endangered Promises: The Bible's Unified Story, from Bloomsbury Publishing. For Many years, Dr. McNicol has taught a Biblical Theology course that students at Austin Grad have found to be indispensible for understanding the story of God and his creation. This book offers an encapsulation and extension of a lifelong project of study and devotion. Click here to order Allan McNicol's New book, The Persistence of God's Endangered Promises. See the bottom of this post for a promotional code offering significant discount pricing!

I love the brief description of an incident that is told about Sir Walter Scott on his deathbed. After summoning his servant to his bedside Scott asks him to bring The Book. Glancing at the shelves all around bulging with books the servant responds querulously, “Which book?” “Son,” Scott responds, “when you are in my condition there is only one book!”

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Topics: Hermeneutics, Biblical Narrative, Salvation, Scripture Passage

What the Servant of Isaiah 53 Set in Motion

Posted by Dr. Allan McNicol on June 1, 2017 at 9:30 AM



One of the pleasant features of retirement from ministry is that I finally can concentrate closely on everything that takes place in the flow of the service.  For some of you this doesn’t sound quite right.  But I confess.  I am like a lot of others.  When you have some clear responsibility to fulfill, those duties are never far from your mind.

So I haven’t always paid the closest of attention to the talks given by those who preside at the table.  But during the last several years it has become different.  I now listen carefully and I have learned a few things.  One of the clearest impressions is the constant reference to Isaiah 53.  What is it about that text that makes it so evocative and resonant for constant use in this situation?

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Topics: Scripture Passage, Old Testament

Ministry in the Next Generation

Posted by Dr. Allan McNicol on April 25, 2017 at 9:30 AM

I am not sure what started this but a few days ago I began to recall my first sermon. I do not remember its exact date; but almost 60 years have passed since that time.

It was a Sunday evening and I preached the sermon to a congregation of about twenty-five or thirty at my home church in Australia. Although mainly inauspicious and uneventful I do have one lasting recollection. When I came to the end of my notes and what I had prepared to say it seemed like I was only speaking for about five minutes. Anxiously I looked up at the clock on the wall. Somewhat relieved I observed that over twenty minutes had gone by since I began to speak. Thus I learned an important lesson. When you stand in the pulpit your perspective can become quite different from the rest of the congregation who are listening to what you say.

A Fork in the Road

Little did I know that what took place on that quiet evening anticipated so much of the future direction of my life.

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Topics: Ministry Opportunities, How To

Why the Gospels Matter

Posted by Dr. Allan McNicol on October 18, 2016 at 9:30 AM

After not teaching my course on Jesus for several years I am enjoying the challenge of engaging the Gospels again this semester with a lively group of students. This course marks the entrance to our undergraduate curriculum on the New Testament. It is self-evident that a thorough acquaintance with the life and impact of Jesus is essential for anyone who takes up a program of Christian Studies.

On the first day of the course I always ask each student to introduce him or herself and spell out in a few sentences expectations for this study.

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Topics: On-Topic Today, Teaching Moment, Scripture Passage

Reading Revelation Today: A Word to a Complacent Church

Posted by Dr. Allan McNicol on June 30, 2015 at 9:00 AM

In this article I intend to feature a brief summary of Revelation. Initially I am interested in sketching the main parameters a current Christian reader should observe in reading this first century book. What is John saying?  In doing this I will attempt to develop a sense of appreciation for the scope of the argument of Revelation – the flow of the text.  This is roughly something like the Germans call die Sache.  Thus I wish to spend some time putting on the table what I see as the basic point of the book of Revelation and why this word is still significant for the church today.

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Topics: On-Topic Today, Teaching Moment, Scripture Passage

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